Title: Mine. Yours.
Author: Marsha Diane Arnold
Illustrator: Qin Leng
Little Panda bursts into Big Panda’s cave, startling him. “Ours?” he asks, to which Big Panda grumbles “Mine.” To get rid of Little Panda, Big Panda hands him a kite, telling him “Yours.”
While flying the kite, Little Panda crashes into one animal after another, and they explain in no uncertain terms what belongs to them (“Mine”) and what to Little Panda (“Yours”) But after the animals are swept up by the kite and come crashing down in a big heap with their possessions mixed together, they finally learn a new word: “Ours”
This picture book contains a total of three different words, repeated throughout the story: mine, yours and ours. But these three words, combined with the stunning watercolour illustrations, create a powerful story about being kind to others and learning to share – important lessons for young children.
A note at the back lists the animals featured in the book and explains that they’re all native to Asia. Teachers reading Mine.Yours. in class could use this as an additional starting point for a discussion about some potentially unfamiliar animals such as pangolins and golden snub-nosed monkeys.
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Mine. Yours. was released on 2nd April 2019. Many thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.